Americans, Chiefs & Merchants Grab Wednesday Wins

Elias Varnios had two hits and three RBI’s, and Jason Giagrande and Ryan Buccini added a couple of hits and an RBI each, to lead the Americans to a 6-5 win over Alibrandis at Morelli Field in Melrose. Ronnie Luke (3-2) got the relief win and Shawn Smeglin recorded his first save. Dave Lightbody had a homer and double for Alibrandis.

At Maplewood, Tim Dunphy (4-3) outdueled Jonathan Richard (2-6) when the Andre Chiefs edged the Somerville Royals 2-1. Kyle Dembrowski’s two RBI single in the sixth inning was the difference. It was Dunphy’s 50th career win in a Chiefs uniform. With the win the Chiefs secured the fifth seed in the upcoming ICL Playoffs.

In Wakefield, Robert Shaw (1-0) got the win in relief of Mike Andrews as the Merchants beat the Malden Maddogs 6-2 in a darkeness shortened six inning affair at Walsh Field. The Merchants will be the third seed in the ICL Playoffs.


Alibrandis, Royals & Maddogs Get Tuesday Wins

Alibrandis got three hits each from Mike Maguire and Ted Dziuba to beat the Lexington Blue Sox 7-5 in a curfew shortened game at Victory Field. Justin Butera (1-0) got the win in relief of Chris Costa and Nate Beck. The game was in the 7th inning when the lights curfew ended things.

At Trum, Paul Covelle (3-2) struck out 11, and allowed just four hits, when the Somerville Royals beat the Andre Chiefs 6-1. Jonathan Rodriguez broke a scoreless tie and gave the Royals the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two RBI double.

In Melrose, the Malden Maddogs got homers from Shane O’Halloran and Ethan Harris to grab an 8-1 win over the Americans. Blaine McLean (1-4) went five innings to get the win.

Lexington runs out of time, loses 7-5 to Alibrandis

By Bruce Hack

Lexington Media Relations Director

Watertown – The beauty of baseball is that there is no clock telling us when the game ends. It ends when 21 outs are recorded or nine innings have been played and one team is ahead of the other. If not then extra innings are played.

Unfortunately sometimes a clock does come into play and that is what happened Tuesday night in a game between Lexington and Alibrandis at Victory Field in Watertown.

In what was a great baseball game that went back-and-forth between the first and second place teams in the ICL it was ultimately decided because time had run out.

In Watertown there is a rule that states “no pitch can be made after 10:12 P.M.  So with a runner on first, two outs and two strikes on the Alibrandis batter in the bottom of the seventh with Lexington leading 8-7, thanks to a three-run rally in the top of the seventh, the game was called because 10:12 had been reached. It did not matter that the game could have ended on the next pitch or that both teams wanted to play on, the game was called. Because the home team, Alibrandis, did not get to finish its at bat in the seventh and the visiting team, Lexington, had taken a lead in the top of the inning, the game would revert back to the last full inning, in this case the sixth. This meant that the Blue Sox rally did not happen and the game would go in the books as a 7-5 Alibrandis victory.

How did the teams get to that point? In a playoff-like game that was tied three times, and had four lead changes, well actually only three since the top of the seventh does not count, neither team quit and fans were treated to a well-played game.

Let’s pick up the story in the fourth inning and Alibrandis leading 2-1.

In the top of the fourth Lexington’s Nate Wolf tied the game at 2-2 with an inside-the-park home run to right with two outs.

Alibrandis responded with its own two-out rally in the bottom of the inning. After two strikeouts by Blue Sox starter Drew Leenhouts, Ryan Leung and Anthony Perry singled to put runners on the corners. Juan Parra followed with a double to center and it was 4-2 Alibrandis. Parra scored on Michael Maguire’s single, the fourth straight hit, and it was 5-2.

The Blue Sox came right back with two in the top of the fifth.  Dom Zaher starts the inning with a single to center.  After an out Kyle Adie walks to put runners on first and second. Richie Burgos singles to left to drive in Zaher and Ryan Beradino follows with another single to left to plate Adie and Lexington had cut the gap to 5-4.

Lexington keeps Alibrandis off the board in the fifth for only the second time in the game and in the top of the sixth the Sox tie the game. Anderson Jimenez gets hit by the first pitch from Alibrandis relief pitcher Nate Beck. In his first at bat, Alex Voitik sacrificed Jimenez to second and the tying run was 180 feet away. After the second out Morgan Brown delivered with a single to right and the game was tied at 5-5.

Bill Christopher comes into pitch for Lexington in the sixth and walks leadoff hitter Parra to start the inning. Maguire singles for his third hit of the night and there are runners on the corners.  After an intentional walk to Teddy Dziuba to load the bases, Christopher strikes out David Lightbody for the first out. Bobby Barrett hits a hard one-hopper to second that Jimenez fields and attempts to get a force at second as he throws while on the ground. His throw goes into shallow left and both Parra and Maguire score for a 7-5 lead.

The Blue Sox scored three times in the top of the seventh, the last two on a monster home run to left by Voitik, that gave Lexington the 8-7 lead,  only to have it all wiped out by the clock.

Parra had two hits, scored three times and drove in two for Alibrandis. Dzuiba joined Maguire with three hits and Jake Miller doubled to drive in the second run.

For Lexington Wolf had two hits and two RBI including driving in the Sox first run with an opposite field single to left.

This was the third time this season that Alibrandis has had a game end this way at Victory Field. The first two games ended in a tie and a loss for Alibrandis.

Alibrandis Beats Blue Sox 4-1, Bulldogs Sweep Chiefs

Matt Horan (3-3) struck out 11 batters and went the distance to pitch Alibrandis past the Blue Sox 4-1 in Lexington. Bobby Barrett tripled home two runs and Teddy Dziuba and David Lightbody each had RBI singles.

At Maplewood, the Reading Bulldogs took both ends of a doubleheader from the Andre Chiefs 4-0 and 5-1. Anthony Sapenza (1-2) struck out nine and allowed only three hits in the opener. Chris Bosco led the way with three hits, including a double, and two RBI’s. In the nightcap, Andrew Moccia (2-2) surrendered just five hits in six innings to get the win. Chris Bosco, Mike Taylor and Copper Marengi all had RBI’s and Darren Hartwell added two hits for the winners.

Sunday’s ICL Highlights: Bulldogs Win, Merchants Split Three Team DH at Walsh

Zac Talis and Dan Baker both homered when the Reading Bulldogs beat the Soemrville Royals 9-7 in nine innings at Trum. Brendan McDonald added two hits, including a double, and two RBI’s for the Bulldogs. Max Mardany (2-0) struck out four and didn’t allow a hit over the final two innings to grab the win.

In Wakefield, the Merchants split a three team doubleheader, losing to Alibrandis in the opener 5-2 and then came back to beat the Melrose Americans 3-0 in game two.

Stanley DeMartinis had homer and four RBI’s to lead Alibrandis to the afternoon win. Ryan Corriveau (6-1) picked up the win going five innings while Anthony DelPrete chalked up the save.

Joseph Maguire (6-3) fired a complete game five-hitter to lead the Merchants to the 3-0 game two win over the Americans. Jon Luders and Bobby Losanno had two hits each for the Merchants. Ian Libby had two of the Americans’ five hits.

On Monday the Chiefs host the Bulldogs in a doubleheader at Maplewood starting at 6:45 PM and Alibrandis visits the Blue Sox in Lexington at 8:00 PM.

Austin Masel Wins Cape Cod League’s 10th Player Award

Congratulations to Melrose Americans’ Austin Masel who received the Manny Robello 10th player award in the Cape Cod League this summer. The outfielder played with the Falmouth Commodores and batted .371.

Masel began his ICL career with the Americans in 2014 and has appeared in 67 games for the Melrose club over that time span.

Austin is the son of 2013 ICL Hall of Fame inductee Alex Masel.

He will be entering his senior year at Holy Cross this Fall.

Merchants Win 9-4 in Lone Friday Game

Tyler Lyne  had three hits and a couple of RBI’s to lead the Wakefield Merchants to a 9-4 win over the Maddogs in Malden. It was the only ICL game scheduled on Friday. Mike Sorrentino and Jon Luders each chipped in with two hits and Dillon Koster had two RBI’s to pace the Merchants’ 11 hit offense. Mike Andrews (2-1) allowed six hits in six innings to get the win.

Blue Sox Clinch Share of ICL Pennant, Royals Walk off with 4-3 Win

The Lexington Blue Sox moved to 19-4-1, and clinched at least a share of first place, in a 5-2 win over the Andre Chiefs at Maplewood. Junior Pena (2-0) picked up the win allowing five hits and striking out eight in five innings. Jake Vesling struck out four in two innings as the Blue Sox duo combined for a dozen K’s. Julian Alvarez went a perfect 4 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Morgan Brown added three hits and a couple of RBI’s. Tony Serino had three of the Chiefs’ nine hits. Tim Dunphy (3-3) allowed only one earned run in five innings but took the loss.

Blaise Cormier had three RBI’s, and Graham Smith and John Collette had two hits each, when the Somerville Royals walked off with a 4-3 win over the Malden Maddogs in a game that was played at Lexington High. Jonathan Richard (2-5) got the win with two innings of work in relief of starter Cal Carroll. Malden’s Logan Gillis (0-1) was tagged with the loss.

All of Wednesday’s ICL Games Have Been PPD

Torrential downpours have caused the postponement of all three ICL games that were scheduled on Wednesday evening.

The Reading-Wakefeld game at Walsh Field, the Lexington-Melrose game at Morelli, and the Andre Chiefs-Somerville game at Trum have all been rained out.

The Andre Chiefs at Somerville game will be made up on Tuesday, August 6th at Trum Field at 8:30 PM. No dates for the other two rainouts have been announced as yet.

Chiefs, Merchants & Blue Sox Win Tuesday’s ICL Battles

Evan Reynolds went 3-3, including a homer and four RBI’s, to lead the Andre Chiefs to a 8-4 win over Alibrandis at Victory Field. Nate Witkowski (1-0) got the win with two innings of work in relief of starter Nick Remy. Andrew Caulfield supplied the game winner with a bases clearing triple in the seventh. Veteran Dave Lightbody had two of Alibrandis six hits.

The Wakefield Merchants unleashed a 13 hit attack and in the process thumped the Malden Maddogs 13-1 at Maplewood. Chris Butler led the way at the plate with three hits and three RBI’s and Steve Rizzuto added a solo homer. Colin Jaena (1-0) allowed just five hits in six innings to record the win.

At Trum, the front running Lexington Blue Sox improved to 18-4-1 on the season in a 10-4 win over the Somerville Royals. The Blue Sox came up with their biggest inning of the season when the first 10 batters reached base and they scored seven runs in the top of the third inning. Ross Curley had two hits and three RBI’s to lead the Lexington offense, which received 15 walks from Royals’ pitching. Mike Geannelis (4-1) went five innings, striking out ten, to grab the win. Blaise Cormiers had two hits and a couple of RBI’s for the Royals.